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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Zoe Lofgren
Representative (D-CA) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
When we think we should trade the protections that our founding fathers devised for us in the United States Constitution, in the effort to buy safety, we are mistaken. We can be safe while still complying with the Constitution of the United States.
Dan Lungren
Representative (R-CA)
CSPAN 09/12/2012
The annual certification procedures provided under the FISA Amendment Act do not allow the targeting of Americans outside the United States. Thus if an American is targeted anywhere in the world, or if a person is targeted within the United States, an individualized court order is required.
Jerrold Nadler
Representative (D-NY) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
Unfortunately we have seen repeatedly how even the very minimal restraints congress put on FISA have been violated. We should address those abuses. Congress has an obligation to exert more control over spy agencies than simply to give them a blank check for another five years. The gentleman from Michigan, Mr. Conyers, had an amendment that would have shortened the sunset by two years. But we won't even have a chance to consider it.
Jerrold Nadler
Representative (D-NY) member, House Judiciary Committee
CSPAN 09/12/2012
If the FISA court is just a rubber stamp of the Executive Branch, we and the public should know that. And if the court really does provide meaningful oversight and meaningful limitations on the Executive Branch, we and the public should know that too. But we won't get to discover that or to debate that. Failure to do so is a dereliction of our constitutional duty to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and the betrayal of our liberties. I urge my colleagues to reject (this legislation.)
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/27/2012
"If the government wants to engage in electronic surveillance targeting a United States person for foreign intelligence purposes, it must go back to the FISA Court and get a specific order from that court.  In an emergency, the surveillance can commence before the court order is issued".
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
“It is an important time for American security. It is also an important time for American liberty. And to paraphrase Ben Franklin as I did yesterday, those who give up their liberty in order to have security, as Ben Franklin said, really don't deserve either. The two are not mutually exclusively, Mr. President. We can do both. That's what the constitutional teeter-totter has always been" (about.)
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
The Congress cannot get a yes or no answer to the yes of whether wholly domestic communications between law-abiding Americans in this country have been warrantlessly intercepted under the law. That is the case today. Colleagues, it is not real oversight when”…
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
"The National Security Agency leadership states in a public forum that the agency does not keep dossiers on millions of Americans, and yet they will not give the Congress a yes or no answer as to whether the agency collects any sort of data on millions of Americans."
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 12/28/2012
Wyden: I have worked very hard to get at least a little bit of information on this, and we have been able to declassify that there has been a fourth amendment violation in the past. I believe without this information that Senator Udall and I have sought that is behind this amendment, those who say that there must be robust) "Congressional oversight of this program ought to reflect on the fact that without this information, which is so essential to do our work, oversight is not robust, it's toothless. It's toothless if you cannot get an answer to the question as to whether or not an estimate exists as to how many Americans have had their communications swept up.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 03/12/2013
Answering a question from Senator Wyden, "...can you give me a yes or no answer to the question, does the government collect any data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"  Director Clapper answered, "No sir." Wyden asked, "It does not?" Clapper answered, "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly."
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